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measurements? can we compare national figures over time to determine if our economy is making progress? u.s. economic growth-- what is the gross national product? with economic analyst richard gill, we'll explore that question on this edition of economics usa. i'm david schoumacher. these computer tapes at the bureau of economic analysis in washington document 50 years of america's economic growth. they provide access to the accounting system known as gnp. when the united states faced its worst economic crisis, the great depression, no such measuring tool existed, until this report went to the senate. copies of national income, 1929-1932 are scarce today, but back in 1934, it was very popular. 4,500 copies were sold in 8 months. the report was made by a team from the department of commerce when congress demanded more information. what was the great depression costing the american economy? led in part by the auto industry, the economy grew rapidly in the 1920s, generating more jobs, more income, and more free time. as long as the factories were humming, there was little concern about how w
street is still hurting. unemployment rising. the economy? it's shrinking. gdp contracting last year for the first time in four years and consumer confidence tanking as that payroll tax hike cuts into workers' paychecks. add it all up, is it time to strike calls for more tax hikes? down. i'm brenda buttner, this is "bulls & bears." we've got gary smith, tobin smith, jonas max ferris, and john layfield and susan fox. the white house and democratic leaders still pushing tax hikes. should they be? >> absolutely not, brenda. what i don't understand is how you can propose tax hikes without looking at what the scholars say, the studies say. look, if there was studies out there says raising taxes, great for the economy, i'd get behind it. but you know what, brenda? every single scholarly study for the past 15 years has said one thing: higher taxes, negatively impact growth. it's funny, forget all that, though. if you just look anecdotally, when the left wants to inhibit behavior, whether it's energy consumption or cigarette smoking or any one of the other things they have, what's the very
to last. siemens, answers. >> theu.s.economyinthefourthquarte of. the u.s. economy in the fourth quarter of last year october, november, december contracted by 0. 1%. one-tenth of 1%. it was the first contraction in three years and it rattles financial markets. much of the slippage in gross domestic product, was due to what the u.s. federal reserves describes as quote weather related disruptions and other transitory facts unquote. the central bank is keeping monetary policy on hold. and says n worth of long-term securities a month, until there is a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market. also, the cut back in department of defense outlays, is likely to fuel concerns about the size of a slow down and the full economic fallout of the large quote unquote sequester cuts scheduled for a month from now, the start of march. the president's press secretary said this about the sequester. quote, across-the-board cuts to education, to research and development, would have repeat, would have, damaging effects on our economy and our long-term economic prospects. unquote. a growing
, the thing that is really holding the economy back? if so then you had a bad week. >> first jobs report of the year. >> fourth quarter gdp numbers are down. >> the republican party can't move forward. >> government spending does actually help the economy. >> a trillion dollar stimulus bill, supposed to create jobs. >> we need to start solving the actual problem. >> we need to cut spending. >> cutting. >> cutting very popular social insurance programs. medicaid, medicare, social security, health care. >> there is another economic reason why we need reform. >> let's help to build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known. >> as congress gets ready to tackle the immigration, there will be a snag. >> the republican party can't move forward. >> doesn't want to do anything on comprehensive immigration reform. >> what would you do about immigration? >> how to deal with border security. >> first we strengthen the borders. >> they have to be reasonable how they do it. >> we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. >> the economy is back in the spotlight. >> government does help th
of commons in his weekly question time session which topics included state of the economy, housing benefits for veterans and a proposed tax increase on beer and alcohol. this is 35 minutes. >> order. questions to the prime minister. alison seabeck. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this morning i had meetings with mine tieral colleagues and others and in addition to my duties in the house i will have other meetings today. >> alison sea beck. >> i'm hear to speak, it right a mother in his constituency should not speak of the bedroom tax and confirm why her minister be able to offer her son, serving in the magesty's armed forces either a home or a bedroom on his return from duty? >> the reforms to housing benefit that we're putting in place, i'll very happily look at the case, as the honorable lady says. but the reforms that are put in place have a very clear principle of the heart. there are many people in private rented accommodation who do not have housing benefits and can't afford extra bedrooms and we have to get control of housing benefits. we're now spending as a country $23 billion pounds on
gwen: the ping-pong economy, the new immigration fight and chuck hagel's not so good day. tonight on "washington week." wall street and the housing sector are rebounding but job growth is stagnant, consumer confidence shaky. what's up with the economy? in washington, bipartisanship roars back. >> for the first time ever, there's more political risk in opposing immigration reform than in supporting it. >> the issue of immigration is not a simple one but i think we have the opportunity to do it right and -- gwen: will immigration reform finally happen? and chuck hague 's rocky confirmation hearing. >> please answer the question. were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder since vietnam? yes or no? >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question senator hagel? the question ask were you right or wrong? gwen: the president's pentagon choice finds hit -- his worst enemies in his own party. covering the week, david wessel of "the wall street journal." vaughn johnson of national joran. kirn tumulty of the nati
's plan a is not only working with the economy is beginning to turn the corner? >> i'm grateful to my honorable friend. i think we should listen very carefully to what the governor of the bank of england said. we have said of course that growth is slower than we would like, but the economy is moving in the right direction. the rebalancing is taking place. the things that need to be fixed in our economy in terms of bank lending and housing supply, these things are being fixed. that's what this government is determined to do. >> one of my constituents has learned that when the bedroom tax is introduced she will have 24 pounds a week to live on. she is so anxious about how she's going to manage. she is having cognitive behavior therapy. but her anxiety is totally understandable. does the prime minister agree with me that those who should be receiving the cognitive behavior therapy are the ones, namely his ministers, who think she could live on 24 pounds? >> i think the party opposite does have to address the fact that for 13 years in government they were perfectly content to have a housi
down our debt in a way that grows our economy and create good jobs. the decision that will make a real difference in the strength of our recovery. we began with economists and business leaders saying that we are poised to grow. there are signs of progress. car sales are at a five year high. manufacturing is coming back. businesses created 2.2 million jobs last year. we have learned that our economy created more jobs in the last few months that economists are originally thought. this week we also received the first testament of the economic growth over the last a few months. it reminded us that bad decisions in washington can get in the way of economic rugrats. we agree -- economic progress. we agree that we cannot cut our way to prosperity. it has not worked in the past and it will not work today. it could weaken our economy. a could cost us jobs. not just now, but in the future. what we need is a balanced approach. an approach that says let's cut would we can afford, but make the investments we cannot afford to live without. investment in education, research thomas development. -- of
session which topics included state of the economy, housing benefits for veterans and a proposed tax increase on beer and alcohol. this is 35 minutes. dispersed so they can go to the projects so desperately needed. >> order. questions to the prime minister. >> number one, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others, and in addition to my duties in the cells i shall have further such meetings later today. >> thank you, mr. speaker. is it right that a mother and my contingency may not -- confirmed by his minister, her son serving in her majesty's armed forces -- [inaudible] >> the reforms to housing benefit that we're putting in place, and i'm happy to look at the case of the honorable lady says -- [shouting] >> but they have a very clear principle out of their hard. there are many people who don't have housing benefit, who cannot afford extra bedrooms, and we have to get control of housing benefits. we are now spending as the country 23 billion pounds on housing benefits and we have to get that budget under co
.s. economy. martin regalia, chambers chief economist will talk about recent gross domestic product figure and what policy the obama administration and congress to propose to help stimulate the economy. this is just getting under way. >> a prime example of our ability to involve experts and debates on topics that are critical to the business community. i'm going to start us off today by queuing a video from christopher giancarlo of the gfi group, our sponsor, for this series. but for some want to make a brief announcement. this series, this economic series that we pose every quarter, has been accredited by the national association of state boards of accountancy to provide continuing professional education, credits for accounting professional. so we are quite excited of that and hopefully you will as well. this accreditation highlights the value of this and other programs that would hold her at the chamber. for more information on that please visit our website, or speak to some of folks outside in the registration desk. after the video i'm going to ask marty to come up directly and begin th
'm christine romans. 2013 could be a boom year for the economy. how do you capitalize? start with understanding that today smart is the new rich. who better to have on than the smartest, richest man in the u.s., bill gates? you'll hear from him in a moment. >>> plus, media mogul arianna huffington on creating jobs. first, the soaring stock market. does that mean the economic recovery is real or is something else going on here? >>> looming budget cuts. >> we can't keep spending money we simply do not have. >> tax uncertainty. >> the deficit is still too high. >> gridlock over how to fix it. if it weren't for politicians in washington, 2013 could be a boom year. take a step back. your home, your investments, your job. the three ways most people build wealth are all set to take off. home prices rose 5.5% in november, biggest jump in six years, stocks are at five-year highs, near records. the dow is up 800 points in just four weeks. jobs are coming back. things are looking bright in 2013, but to capitalize, you'll have to get ready. and get smart. because smart is the new rich. company profits are
. >>> and now to the economy. the labor department releases january's report this morning. the economy remains sluggish challenged by a steep decline in defense spending and the impact of higher social security taxes. susan mcginnis is in washington this morning. susan, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. we have an economy still struggling despite positive signs like higher consumer spending and business. we expect sluggish growth in today's report. of course, any surprises there could jolt the market. wall street is eagerly awaiting the government's january jobs report. analysts predict the company added jobs last month but not enough to budge the unemployment rate from its current 7.8%. >> it's been a slow process. >> latoya patrick is one of america's estimate 12 million unemployed workers. she's been looking for a job since the fall after graduating with a master's degree. >> i'm not going to lie. it's been tough sometimes. when you're home, you feel like i spent all this time going to school and it's like nobody's giving you a chance. >> economists say until more people like latoy
. the u.s. economy is a puzzling thing. today it added 157,000 jobs but the unemployment rate kicked up to 7.9%. also today the dow industrial average closed above 14,000 for the first time in five years, yet the government reported this week that the economy contracted in the fourth quarter of last year for the first time since 2009. so as congress agrees to delay a showdown over the debt ceiling and faces a march 1 deadline for across the board spending cuts, what to make of this darned economy, david? >> am i supposed to answer that? it is confusing. the stock market is up. employers are hiring, very slowly. the government now tells us that hey -- they hired a lot more last year than previously believed. auto seafls are up 14% from last year. housing sales are coming back. on the other hand the economy took a pause at the end of last year? unemployment is very high, 7.9%. among men between 25 and 54 one out of six is not working. so i think when you cut through all this what do you see? well, the stock market is going like this and the economy is going like this. that can't last. i c
start a businesses create jobs and spur the economy. we will hear from jerry moran who authored the start impact, legislation aimed at helping businesses grow the economy. this discussion as part of a policy summit held by the consumer electronics association in las vegas. it is an hour. >> so, good afternoon. my name is larry downes. it means for an hour i can be up here and not back in the audience taking notes. just before the election, i wrote an article asking what it was that of intrapreneurs needed from washington. our panelists today may have a more productive agenda to discuss. i know there are many in the audience who are from washington. that is great because you will be hearing from some actual business owners and organizers -- organizations interested to talk about when the start up a economy does and does not need from washington. it is my great pleasure to introduce senator jerry moran will provide some introductory mar remarks -- remarks. both in the senate and then before 2010, and during seven terms in the house. he successfully led opposition with senator bide
have a real job. selling bootleg dvds in the fleamarket or working in whatever underground economy. how do you craft this so we do not fall into the same trap? >> thank you for that question. it is good to see a fellow texan from south texas. first, i believe as a nation we are stronger because we ask folks to take an oath, and allegiance to the united states of america. >> no question about it. >> that requires full participant nation in the democracy of citizenship. i cannot imagine an america where we can sign -- consign these folks to an underclass status. >> what we put into law to not invite people to do the same thing again? that is my concern. >> first of all, the only way you will accomplish that is with a comprehensive approach. you do not want to find yourself. 10 are 20 years now. the legislation should include enhanced border security. enhanced interior security. >> would you support the idea -- the lin >> i would support technology that ensures that people who are here are here legally. whether it is that or something like that, there are more people more qualified to spea
. >> i want to -- you look at all the numbers we got this week, the gdp report, the economy technically shrinking by 0.1 for the fourth quarter and most of it being chalked up to government -- to the lack of government spending particularly in the defense industry. and yet there were other parts of it in the private sector that looked strong. what's the reality here? are we an economy that's growing, that's recovering, or are we in an economy that's still on shaky ground? >> we're growing and we're recovering. the economy as measured by, say, gdp, that's kind of the economy's bottom line, that's the value of all the things we produce, that's been going 2%, 2.5%, and i don't think it's changed, that's about what we're growing right now. that's okay. but it's certainly not good enough in the context of the 7%, now 7.9% unemployment rate. yes, the economy is growing. yes, with each passing month we're on more sound ground but, you know, i don't think anyone's going to feel really good until unemployment is below 6%. >> and the big issue continues, one of the odd issues has to be consumer c
are off 80, pushing us. let's go back to the economy. president obama and harry reid wants to tax the rich more. more revenue, they say. that means higher taxes. saying his policies will cause the economy to grow. this year. joining us from nashville. art laffer. what you say, if we raise taxes more this year, are we going to grow the economy stronger? >> we can do something, if we broaden the tax base dramatically and lower rates, we can really get the economy growing, but i don't think that is what he is talking about. he is just talking about rubbing the base. stuart: you take money away from a certain group of people and spread it around to the others. >> i don't think we need more taxes, stuart. and by the way, the point harry reid makes, which is correct as far as the senate goes, they were elected to the senate and obama was reelected, but so was the house numbers. the house numbers were elected on their policies as well, 235 republicans, they were not elected to increase spending and push higher tax rates is and they control the house. so using this political argument is a fault, i
programs. a lot of these visa programs, especially when the economy's doing really well and there's a lot of jobs available in the country, they fill up pretty quickly. visas for high-skill immigrants , the tech really wants that, wants more of those. you also have the h-2-b visas for foreign workers kind of for nonagricultural seasonal businesses. and you also have the h-2-a visa program which is mostly for agricultural workers. all these visa programs either have an arbitrary cap or are not being used that widely. basically that what businesses is want is they want to adjust these programs to the market so they can kind of rise and fall with demand. >> we thank you for your time today. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> if you go to most american hivetry textbooks i would also make you a bet, if you go back to the textbooks you had in high high school, you can take me up on my bet, but my bet with you is that in your american history textbooks in high school, if you go to the index, you will find no mention
, there is no such thing as recovery in sight, we have no economy policy, we have no energy policy, fuel is back up. i mean, people wonder why consumer confidence and confidence from the business owners is down? and the president pulls a you know deal like this, come on. this guy campaigned on jobs and the economy, he gave an inaugural speech on what? immigration, constructing royds and more liberal rhetoric, you know what, this is a step to socialist ladder forget rid of small business then we can control the big guys, i am frustrated and angry. tom: i hear it. marco, you have seep the president, i get up in the morning i think about jobs, i go on bet at night i think about jobs, do you think he has forgotten? >> i don't think he nearly forgotten about it, i think he doesn't know how to create jobs. it is the smalln 'n small busins that create them, if you have not run a business how in the world do you know how to create jobs this is why the count was important and should have been important. >> thank you very much. push to help illegals is on, but nobody is talking about how the cost will add up, we he
, so we can strengthen our economy, and strengthen our country's future. think about it. we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. that is who we are, in our bones. the promise we see in those that come here from every corner of the globe, that has always been one of our greatest strengths. it keeps our recourse young, a key to our country on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known. after all, immigrants help to start businesses like google, and yahoo!, they created entire new industries that in turn created new jobs and new prosperity. in recent years, one in four high-tech start-ups in america were founded by immigrants. one in four new small business owners were immigrants, including right here in nevada. folks who came here seeking opportunity and now want to share that opportunity with other americans. but we all know that today we have an immigration system that is out of date and badly broken. a system that is holding us back, instead of helping us to grow our economy and strengthen our middle-class. right now, we have
to al jazeera. asking for a fair day's pay indonesia oppose the economy booms. people are demanding an increase in the minimum wage. the french minister calls the conflict in mali a real war. there's a new effort to save the ancient roman city of pompeii . a tunisian opposition leader has died after being shot outside his home in the capital tunis. shokri belaid led the unified democratic nationalist party and had been a strong critic of tunisia's government. witnesses say that he died in a clinic after being attacked when he left home. this shows the place reportedly where he was shot. his family and the prime minister have called it an assassination. the leader of the party which dominates the government says it undermines the ability of tunisia. >> this is a heinous political climate seemed to undermine the stability of the country. targeting our transition to democracy and any development projects currently planned by the government. we consider the perpetrators as enemies of the country, of democracy, and of islam. >> a member of the opposition blame the government for the kill
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the economy, and but drug-traffickers out of business. but, it is a slippery slope. ron crumble from within. i agree with you. we also asked the question of gerriwillis.com. 453 to 45 percent said yes, 57 percent said no. more obamacare drama. the congressional budget office estimated the health care law will cost over a trillion dollars over the next ten years and is questioning readiness of the state insurance exchanges. never fear, cbo, the states are hiring navigators, tens of thousands of workers needed to help people register for the health insurance exchanges. according to the "washington post," state officials are facing a herculean task of finding these navigators. long-term cost will have to come from the exchanges, which will rely on fees from insurers. the money for fees will not be available until 2014, far after the navigator's will have to be working in in place. in the meantime, some workers may be funded by federal grants, private money domestic budgets, not good news for most states facing financial straits. california alone is planning to hire 21,000 of these exchange helper
, stimulate the economy but drug traffickers out of business. >> no no. a slippery slope. gerri: i agree. also on gerriwillis.com to. gerri: percent said no. obamacare drama, the cbo estimate in health care law will cost one point* $3 trillion over 10 years and is questioning readiness of the state insurance exchanges, never fear states are hiring navigators' helping people to register but according to the "washington post" state officials are facing a herculean task to find them that cost will come from the exchanges it and from the fees but those are not available until 2014. but in the meantime some could be funded by state budgets, a private money or grants not good news but california is planning to hire 21,000 and the tab will go into hundreds of millions , another unintended consequence of obamacare. none of them have been good. that is my $0.2 more.t he have a great night. we'll see you tomorrow. white h. the president today made his plea for help in deferring the onset of the sequestered for another few months. it sounds a lot more like an order for more of the same short term, small
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economy, and the influence of our diplomacy and the creative energy of our people remain unrivaled. no, it is because as the world has changed, so to have a level -- the levers of power that can most effectively shape international affairs. i have come to think about it like this. truman and acheson were killed in the parthenon with classical geometry and clear lines. tellers or a handful of big institutions and alliances dominated by major powers. that structure delivered unprecedented peace and prosperity. time takes its toll, even on the greatest edifice. we do need a new architecture for this new world. more frank gehry than formal greek. some of his work at first might appear have howser. in fact, it is highly intentional -- half hazard. in fact, it is highly intentional and sophisticated. today, we need a dynamic mix of materials and structures. american military and economic strength will remain the foundation of our global leadership. as we saw from the intervention to stop the massacre in libya to the rate at brought osama bin laden to justice, there will always be times when
february 6th. and speaker john boehner has spoken. if america's economy collapses, then don't blame him. he did his part. he voted to cut meals on wheels. ♪ >> i don't like the sequester. i think it's taking a meat ax to our government. >> i believe they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms. >> i think the sequester's going to happen. >> washington desperately needs some adult leadership. >> talking like adults. let's get this country back on the mother [ bleep ] track. oh yeah! >> the president and the first lady are kind of like the mom and the dad of the country. >> there isn't any resistance to obama anywhere. >> at some point washington has to deal with its spending problem. >> and when your dad says something, you listen. and when you don't, it usually bites you in the [ bleep ] later on. >> i've had enough of it. it's time to act. ♪ >>> the clock is now ticking on what many economists say is a near-certain double dip recession if more than a trillion dollars in automatic spending and defense cuts are allowed to occur at the beginning of next mon
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the economy a $100 billion and the recovery efforts are still going on. so, it could delay some rebuilding activity... activity >> reporter: in new york city and elsewhere, preparations are being made for clean-up. >> we have more than 250,000 tons of salt on hand. >> reporter: according to the long island power authority, the storm has the potential to cause power outages for 100,000 customers on long island. and for the first time ever, lipa is deferring storm operations and response to its subcontractor, national grid. but in manhattan today, it was mostly business as usual, although many workers did try to leave early to beat the snow. and if the snowfall is anywhere close to the storm of '78, you'll see the impact in economic data in the weeks ahead. >> usually major storms cause increased volatility in economic data. so, that jobless claims jump significantly in the beginning as government offices close, because of the storm. and they surge back up after the offices reopened. >> reporter: if there's a silver lining in this storm, it's the timing. the heaviest snowfall will happen ov
. >> what's the difference? i don't think it's necessarily a reflection of an economy that's also gaining momentum. i think that the economy is more moving sideways at this point than anything. there are other underlying reasons for the equity market to perform as well as it has and part that have is, of course, central bank policy, but, you know, i know it makes for a neat little discussion, but ultimately i'm more concerned about the economics of this, and the economics of this is we're moving sideways, not gaining much momentum at this point. >> that's what we're seeing, a choppy situation when it comes to the actual fundamentals and it's really about the federal reserve and why so much money is moving into the market. the question is do you think it's sustainable, given the fact that so far fundamentals have not mattered. what does 2013 lock like? >> i heard some equity strategists say s&p 1,700, an while fundamentally i'd love to toss that person out the window, practically speaking i think why not? why can't you get there, because at the end of the day, we're not being driven by fun
'm christine romans and this is "your money." ali velshi is off this week. the economy looks like it's ready to take off, 157,000 new jobs added in january. the unemployment rate rising slightly to 7.9% from 7.8%. there's room for improvement. but it continues a trend. now 28 months strong. a trend of more jobs added every month. stocks are soaring with the s&p 500 a good example of what americans are holding in their 401st and i.r.a.s crossing the 1,500 threshold since 2008. and housing that helped fuel that recession, it looks like it's making a comeback. 2012 was the best year in real estate for five years. home prices jumped 5.5% year over year in november. that's the biggest in six years. with interest rates on six-year lows, you can get 3.5% on a 30-year fixed mortgage. home price should continue to go up. it's not all positive. gross domestic product shrank for the first time in three years coming down ever so slightly by 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012. with stocks and housing looking up, why should gdp come down? blame it on washington. showdowns on capitol hill over fiscal cliff
, without regard to the impact of those cuts, both on the economy and on some very important programs. >> you know what the republicans' answer to that is. they say one of the concerns is as we look ahead, and to increase needs for medicare and medicaid. social security, if that deficit reduction is going to stop, it's going to go if the other direction, so the time to cut is now. >> well, i think we can plan to cut, but we saw what happened in the last quarter with reductions in defense spending bringing in a negative gdp for january. if we actually have the kind of cuts that are projected in the sequester, that would do very serious damage to the economy in the short term. so we ought to talk about what we need to do, but right now the economy is much too fragile to impose another $85 billion in cuts. >> i'm sure you heard as we were just talking with kelly ayotte about what they had to say about all this. i'm wondering do you think they'd rather see the sequester kick in than raise taxes? how entrenched is this on the republican side? >> i think with many of them, it is pretty much
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